Jo Dunbar, Medical Herbalist

Botanica Medica was founded by Jo Dunbar in 2003. Jo qualified as a Medical Herbalist from the College of Phytotherapy in 1999 and in Clinical Aromatherapy in 1998. Immediately after her graduation Jo began practising herbal medicine whilst pursuing a post-graduate MSc degree in Complementary Therapies at Westminster University.

Jo works holistically, blending an understanding of the the mind, spirit and body with science through the use of herbal medicine and diagnostic laboratory tests. In doing so, she aims to seeks out the underlying cause of illness and then combines herbal medicine with other therapies such as Bach Flower Remedies, aromatherapy, nutritional supplements and dietary advice to restore wellbeing.

As well as running two busy practices, Jo is a guest lecturer at the South Downs School of Homeopathy and runs regular Walks & Workshops on herbal medicine in Middlesex, Surrey and Hampshire. She has written several books including How to cope successfully with Candida and Recovering from Stress, Burnout & Fatigue (available to purchase from Amazon).

To book an appointment with Jo call 0208 892 9227 or email

Janine Gerhardt - Medical Herbalist

Janine qualified as a Medical Herbalist from the University of Westminster. She supports her interest in traditional medicinal plant uses with the latest scientific research.

Janine's approach is holistic, meaning the whole person is addressed and not just their presenting symptoms. She offers over-the-counter advice for minor ailments and thorough in-depth private consultations for more complex conditions. During a consultation a full history is taken. This includes past and present history and medications, diet and lifestyle, sleep, general well-being and other associated factors.

Janine has a keen interest in family health matters which she addresses with safe and gentle herbal approaches.

To book an appointment with Janine call 0208 892 9227 or email


Corinne Montenon - Medical Herbalist

Corinne completed her BSc Hons in Herbal Medicine at the University of Westminster. From growing up in rural France, she developed an interest in folk remedies that she integrates into the modern UK herbal approach she studied.

With a PhD in the History of Beliefs, she combines her understanding of how belief systems can influence physical and mental well-being with Herbal Medicine and lifestyle advice.

A language trainer for more than 10 years she uses a communicative approach to empower patients and support them in reclaiming their health and offers consultations in French, German and Spanish.


To book an appointment with Corinne call 0208 892 9227 or email

Eileen Folan - Medical Herbalist

Eileen graduated as a Medical Herbalist with a BSc (Hons) from the University of Westminster. She is also a qualified Nutritional Therapist and has been in practice since 2009. Eileen’s interest in holistic health began whilst working in a non- medical role at BUPA, focused on understanding people’s health preferences and how these were met by orthodox medical systems.

Since leaving BUPA Eileen has enjoyed exploring the holistic world of natural medicine and training as a practitioner. Eileen enjoys working with clients to help them to find out how herbs can help them to maintain and restore health. A full consultation with Eileen will include a discussion of your current health issues in the context of your health history, lifestyle and diet. She will then agree an individual treatment plan with you.

Eileen is passionate about the role of food and herbs in maintaining good health. Dietary advice is integral to Eileen’s Herbal Medicine treatment plans, but some clients may prefer to book a Nutritional Therapy consultation for a detailed personal nutrition plan. Eileen is happy to discuss which route is best suited to your needs.

To book an appointment with Eileen call 0208 892 9227 or email

Claudia Zanchin - Medical Herbalist, Swedish Massage, Maya Abdominal Therapy®

Claudia is a qualified medical herbalist having obtained a Herbal Medicine Integrated Master (MSci) Degree from the University of Westminster. Her postgraduate studies focused on the use of herbs in the treatment of endocrine disorders, particularly when caused by stress.

Claudia grew up in rural South America where fresh food, clean air, plenty of exercise and above all the use of herbs as medicine were part of everyday life. This sparked a life-long interest in Herbal Medicine and encouraged her to pursue a career in this field..

Claudia has a special interest in digestive disorders, women’s health and men’s health. She uses Swedish Massage and the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® in combination with Herbal Medicine. Her aim is to enhance organ function by addressing the positioning of the pelvis and internal organs while working to improve the flow of the circulatory, lymphatic and nervous system.

Claudia is available on Tuesday afternoon and evening and one Saturday a month in St Margarets.

To book an appointment with Claudia call 0208 892 9227 or email

Julie McCollum - Acupuncture

Julie has a BSc (Hons) degree in acupuncture from the University of Westminster.

Julie McCollum’s decision to study acupuncture was brought about from personal use with acupuncture as a means of pain relief and as a system of healing for musculoskeletal injuries while dancing. Acupuncture is a safe treatment and used by people for specific symptoms or conditions. It originated in China and has been practiced for thousands of years. A treatment can consist of stimulating acupuncture points with fine acupuncture needles, massage, heat (with moxibustion – a herb) or cupping. These methods are used to encourage the body’s healing response by stimulating Qi, often translated as energy. The treatment is focussed on balancing and improving a person’s overall well being, considering every aspect of a person’s lifestyle, state of health and medical history for each session. It is widely considered to be beneficial for a range of illnesses and symptoms. The recommended treatment is usually a minimum of 6 acupuncture sessions. However each person is unique and therefore the number of treatments will vary with one’s healing response. Julie is available on Thursday afternoons, evenings in St Margaret's.

To book an appointment with Julie call 0208 892 9227 or email


Maureen Mc Loughlin - Reflexology, Thai Foot Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Facial Rejuvenation Massage, Indian Head Massage, Hopi Ear Candling, Derma Roller

Maureen Mc Loughlin is an experienced therapist who wants to make sure that you leave her practice feeling relaxed, refreshed and revitalised.

She believes firmly in the therapeutic value of massage and reflexology to relieve the problems caused by mental and physical stress and has a special interest in all women’s health issues most especially in problems relating to fertility and pregnancy.

Whether it is through acupuncture, massage or reflexology, or through a combination of therapies, Maureen will find the treatment that works best for you and will always refer on if appropriate. Treating her clients with kindness and respect Maureen believes that a comfortable and caring environment is just as crucial to the healing process as any treatment plan.

Please feel free to ask us for her direct phone number if you want to discuss your treatment options – she is very happy to answer any questions you may have.

To book an appointment with Maureen call 0208 892 9227 or email

Ralph Mitchell - Chiropractictor

Mc Timoney and KST Chiropracticor, Ralph Mitchell qualified from the McTimoney Chiropractic College (Oxford) in 1998 and has been in full time practice since then. Ralph has long been a fan of low-force chiropractic and of a holistic approach. ‘I believe in using the minimum force necessary to get the job done; that way we’re not introducing any extra stress into the system.’

The McTimoney training gave a wonderful grounding in low-force work and the development of palpation skills and it was not until meeting Dr. Tedd Koren in 2004 and experiencing his cutting edge technique called KST (Koren Specific Technique) that Ralph started to move on from using McTimoney.

Tedd held his inaugural KST training in May 2005 in Philadelphia PA, USA, and Ralph was there! KST is a unique approach to patient care, there is no twisting, 'cracking' or 'popping' of joints with KST; instead, gentle, specific corrections are made to the spine and structural system. The body is likely to hold its correction for much longer. Helpful in treating many painful conditions, and subtler imbalances, it is safe for all age-groups.

To book an appointment with Ralph call 0208 892 9227 or email